Thank you for response.. As long I can get linux partition back by re-installing AFTER final upgrade to 3.55 CFW Kmeaw later, I think I'm ok.
The only thing I am not sure if I should wait to get my bigger HD first or not.. and if 3.55 CFW supports formatting IF the hard drive is removed?
Do you know know if PS3 stores its firmware in some kind of memory other than the hard drive? If I remove the harddrive and put in a new one (empty), does 3.55 CFW Kmeaw still exist and reside in PS3 memory somewhere that it can allow me to access the FORMAT function to format the new hard drive?
You know, removing and upgrading Hard Drive part is easy to do but and reloading the firmware is pretty tricky.. and I am aware if I get the order wrong, I can brick the PS3 and can never go back.
I have to proceed carefully here..